The Women’s Organisation and their “Promoting Opportunities for Women in Enterprise and Regeneration” POWER project beat off stiff national competition to win £50K award to support their work helping women to start up their own business. The Women’s Organisation is based at the International Centre for Enterprise Development at 54 St James Street works with women from diverse communities and backgrounds, enabling, assisting and inspiring them to believe in their abilities, flourish in both new and existing businesses and in employment, and take a full and active part in their communities. We enable women to access the funding and facilities, experience and expertise that they need to succeed.
The Promoting Opportunities for Women in Enterprise and Regeneration (POWER) project aims to help to 300 women in the Liverpool area who are considering starting up their own business or enterprise, through an extensive enterprise awareness-raising programme, learning and skills development activities and financial support. Taster sessions will allow women to explore if self-employment or community enterprise is the right option for them. Those who are interested in developing further will be offered confidence-building support, one-to-one business coaching and training including business planning, selling for success and social media. POWER will also offer a virtual business incubation tenancy. On-going support and advice will be available for up to three years.
Access to the Business Network Club will open up networking and support for women who have been through the POWER programme. It will provide opportunities for women to connect with and get support from established female entrepreneur role models.
POWER has drawn from the experience of US, Canadian and New Zealand projects successfully bringing women into business and will support potential female entrepreneurs who live in deprived communities in the Liverpool city region and are disadvantaged as a result of being unemployed, economically inactive, disabled or from a BME community.
“It is another winner for Liverpool and the Women’s Organisation and the RBS Inspiring Women in Enterprise grant means that we’ll be able to support women who want to be involved with the programme and many of those women come from the most poverty-stricken areas of Liverpool so it will have a hugely positive impact on their lives.” Maggie O’ Carroll, Chief Executive Officer, The Women’s Organisation and we would ask any woman thinking about starting their own business to give us a call 0151 706 8111 and we can provide all the help they need.